In the heat of a sweltering Oslo summer, a young woman is found murdered in her flat-with one of her fingers cut off and a tiny red star-shaped diamond placed under her eyelid. An off-the-rails alcoholic barely holding on to his job, Detective Harry Hole is assigned the case with Tom Waaler, a hated colleague whom Harry believes is responsible for the murder of his partner. When another woman is reported missing five days later, and her severed finger turns up adorned with a red star-shaped diamond ring, Harry fears a serial killer is at work. But Hole’sdetermination to capture a fiend and to expose Waaler’s crimes is leading him into shadowy places where both investigations merge in unexpected ways, forcing him to make difficult decisions about a future he may not live to see.
His finger continued down the column. Leave, leave, sick leave. The Chief Inspector sighed when his finger stopped against the name he had been hoping to avoid.
Harry Hole.The lone wolf, the drunk, the department's enfant terrible and, apart from Tom Waaler, the best detective on the sixth floor. [p.13]
.....this is the sentence where the reader firsts encounters Harry Hole and how he is perceived by his boss. I was immediately drawn to him for some reason. I like characters that aren't perfect and seem to be fighting demons in their life. It makes them real, gives them flaws, and makes you care about them, because they sound a bit like yourself in ways. This book was my first introduction to the whole Scandinavian crime genre that seems to have really taken off with the introduction of Stieg Larsson's Millenium series.
There were many reasons why I loved this book and couldn't put it down until the very last page. Here's just a few of them:
- Harry Hole is a character that I needed to learn more about what made him tick and his complex layers. I found myself at times wanting to hug him, smack him, follow him, learn from him, and just to be in his presence. He's driven by demons, but by also what he believes to be right. He's one step ahead of his enemies and he keeps his cards close to his vest, yet he's still so very vulnerable. This character bored a hole into my head and heart and now I need more!!!!!
- The storyline was taut, intricate and brilliantly woven together. At times I actually thought I was on to something, but the ending totally blew me away.
- This police procedural is fantastic reading and there was never a dull moment or a time when I didn't want to get back into this story.
Recommend? Absolutely with no hesitation. This book kept me on the edge of my seat and I really didn't want it to end. The plus side- there are two Harry Hole's stories prior to The Devil's Star that I will be getting my hands on soon. Must read book for those that love an exciting, bit gritty and gruesome police thriller!!
P.S. While I read this book I used the author as my visual for Harry Hole...no wonder I loved him so much huh?
About Jo Nesbø
Find out more about Jo Nesbø on his website. You can also like him on Facebook.
Please stop by these blogs on this tour.
Published: 2010Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Pages:452Genre: Fantastic Police Procedural/Thriller
Disclaimer:Thank you to TLC Book Tours for sending me a review copy. I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist.They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel
© 2011, Staci of Life in the Thumb. All Rights Reserved. If you reading this on a site other than, Life in the Thumb or Staci's feed, be aware that this post has been stolen and is used without permission.